The Limbo Line

The Limbo Line is a 1968 British spy thriller film directed by Samuel Gallu and starring Craig Stevens, Kate O'Mara and Eugene Deckers.[1] It is based on the 1963 novel of the same title by Victor Canning. It was made as part of a 1960s boom in spy films in the wake of the success of the James Bond series.

The Limbo Line
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Directed bySamuel Gallu
Produced byFrank Bevis
William J. Gell
Written byDonald James
Based onThe Limbo Line
by Victor Canning
StarringCraig Stevens
Kate O'Mara
Eugene Deckers
Music byJohnnie Spence
CinematographyJohn Wilcox
Edited byPeter Weatherley
Trio Films
London Independent Producers
Distributed byLondon Independent Producers
Release date
10 December 1968
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was shot at Pinewood Studios with sets designed by the art director Scott MacGregor.


Through a network known as the "Limbo Line", the KGB is kidnapping figures who have recently defected to the West and returning them to the Soviet Union for punishment. A British intelligence agent identifies the ballerina Irina Tovskia as the next victim, and sets out to rescue her in a mission that takes him from London, to Amsterdam and finally to Lübeck on the East German border. He is able to destroy the Limbo Line, but not prevent Irina being taken to Moscow.


The film received generally bad reviews, with The Times critic feeling it was old-fashioned.[2] The Communist Morning Star attacked it as "disastrously incompetent".[3]



  1. ^ Burton p.21
  2. ^ Burton p.21
  3. ^ Burton p.22


  • Burton, Alan. Looking-Glass Wars: Spies on British Screens since 1960. Vernon Press, 2018.

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